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6 Oct 2016
12:56 pm

‘Imbecile’ Gwede Mantashe ‘makes me sick’ – Mcebo Dlamini

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The student leader says the ANC's secretary-general can afford to be glib about fee protests because his kids are studying in China.

Wits University student leader Mcebo Dlamini, wearing what appears to be a security guard's helmet and holding a shield, confronts police with a rock in his hand outside during the #FeesMustFall protests on October 04, 2016 in Johannesburg. Picture: Gallo Images

“Gwede Mantashe makes me sick to my stomach,” Wits student leader and outspoken “fallist” Mcebo Dlamini told The Citizen in an interview on Thursday morning.

This after Mantashe said on Wednesday that South Africans want “free things”, and that it doesn’t always work like that. Mantashe was addressing the Black Management Forum’s annual conference in Midrand. He was speaking in relation to university students protesting for free education in higher institutions of learning.

“This is really sad for Mantashe to say this,” the ANC Youth League member said, also slamming the ANC secretary-general, who he said was “talking like an imbecile”.

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Dlamini, who has been in the front lines of protests at Wits University, claims the ANC secretary-general has turned a blind eye on black students because his are studying in China, and thus the plight of South Africa’s poor students don’t necessarily affect him and his family.

Dlamini argues that free education is possible if the country’s Cabinet gets cut down. He says free education must be seen as an investment and not a waste.

“Free education is an ANC policy. I am pushing for the ANC to implement its resolutions.

“This is the ANC that has created black youth to be dependent. The ANC has created a hungry youth.

“I don’t know if he is on a mission to destroy or build the ANC.

The ANC in Polokwane in 2007 resolved that “the policy for free higher education to all undergraduate level students would be finalised for adoption before the end of 2013”.

On allegations that he wanted to join the EFF, Dlamini said that he was not planning on jumping ship.

“The issue of party politics was well orchestrated by the enemy, the white people. That is why you haven’t seen political regalia. I speak the language of the people on the ground.